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1:10 PM ET, October 25, 2007


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Docweasel / docweaselblog:
Bobby Caina Calvan Blog : the entire post with comments preserved  —  UPDATE: Good gracious, blogging since '97 and my first Instalanche.  Thank you Mr. Reynolds!  Thank you AOSHQ and the lovely and talented Michelle Malkin as well.  —  The entire site is 404′d, and the comments were the sweetest plum!
Little Green Footballs:
McClatchy Reporter Calvan Created His Own Reality  —  Let's revisit Bobby Caina Calvin's blog for a few minutes, because even though he's now pulled the entire thing offline, what it revealed about mainstream media reporting from Iraq is actually quite important.
Discussion: McClatchy Watch
Docweasel / docweaselblog:
Bobby Calvan does the impossible: Unites the entire internet …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Baghdad Diarist Was On Guard When Questioned by Editors  —  The soldier whose New Republic article about military cruelty in Iraq was labeled false by Army investigators refused to defend his accusations when questioned by the magazine, even after being told that the editors could no longer support him unless he cooperated.
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Army Acknowledges Leaking Beauchamp Docs To Drudge, Promises Investigation  —  Updated below.  —  There's been a very interesting turn in the saga of The New Republic's "Baghdad Diarist," the American soldier in Iraq who's been accused of fabricating negative stories about U.S. troops and publishing them in the mag.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
New Steps by U.S. Against Iranians  —  The Bush administration will announce a long-debated policy of new sanctions against Iran on Thursday, accusing the elite Quds division of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of supporting terrorism, administration officials said Wednesday night.
Robin Wright / Washington Post:
U.S. to Impose New Sanctions Targeting Iran's Military  —  The Bush administration plans to roll out an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the long-awaited designations of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Bomb Iran? U.S. Requests Bunker-Buster Bombs
Quinnipiac University News and Events:
October 25, 2007 - Florida Presidential Seesaw Lifts Giuliani Back To Top, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Primary Delegate Ban Hurts Democrats  —  Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken back the lead over New York Sen. Hillary Clinton 46 - 43 percent in Florida, reversing a 46 …
Discussion: Washington Wire, MSNBC and TIME
GOP cries foul on timing of children's health vote  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Republicans are fuming over Democrats' decision to hold the next vote on the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Thursday — when many Republicans will be in California as President Bush tours areas hit by wildfires.
Discussion: The Rude Pundit and Cliff Schecter
The Hill:
Democrats tweak SCHIP in effort to override veto
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
House Democrats Set For Vote on New Version Of Children's Health Bill
The Atlantic Online:
The K-Drum Challenge  —  Kevin Drum wants to know what liberals are whining about exactly: … Here's the thing.  I can't guarantee that standing up against a corrupt, unpopular, and incompetent president's right to grant retroactive legal protections to large corporations for their complicity …
Washington Post:
Biden Stumbles in Interview  —  In an interview with The Washington Post's editorial board, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) asserted that he is more prepared to be president than any other candidate, disputed the notion that governors are better suited for the White House than senators and warned …
The Washington Post / The Trail:
Biden Says He's Best Prepared, Stumbles When Talking on Schools
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker and TIME
Little Green Footballs:
Ted Rall: Only Idiots Die in Iraq, US IQ Soars  —  Here's a look into the squirmy, ugly mind of Ted Rall, whose latest cartoon about US troops in Iraq says: "Only idiots signed up; only idiots died.  Back home, the average I.Q. soared."  —  (Hat tip: LGF readers.)
Discussion: Tim Blair
Andrew Fell / Weasel Zippers:
Ted Rall: Death of US Soldiers Raises IQ at Home...
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
In His Words: Giuliani on Torture  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — At a town hall meeting here last night, Rudolph W. Giuliani expanded upon his views of torture.  Here is a transcript of the exchange.  —  Linda Gustitus, who is the president of a group called the National Religious Campaign Against Torture …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Time for the Bundesmacht  —  Remember the Wehrmacht?  It was a formidable fighting force.  The modern German army, the Bundeswehr, is also very effective.  Thing is, it is reluctant to fight or even place itself in danger.  —  Given history, that may seem just fine.
Michelle Malkin:
Soros-backed Medicare insurer raided by FBI  —  The St. Petersburg Times reports on an FBI raid of WellCare, a shady Medicare insurer...initially funded by far Left billionaire George Soros and run by one of his acolytes: … Wellcare serves Medicare and Medicaid customers-more than 350,000 seniors in Florida alone.
Livni behind closed doors: Iran nukes pose little threat to Israel  —  Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said a few months ago in a series of closed discussions that in her opinion that Iranian nuclear weapons do not pose an existential threat to Israel, Haaretz magazine reveals in an article on Livni to be published Friday.
Discussion: The Newshoggers and TPMCafe blogs
Frank James / The Swamp:
Cheney catches some zzzs while California burns  —  When I first saw this CNN footage of Vice President Cheney nodding off during yesterday's White House Cabinet meeting where the California wildfires were Topic A, I thought it was a bit of a cheap shot.  —  I mean, who hasn't dozed off …
Discussion: Think Progress
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The Atlantic Online:
A Little Nuance  —  Perhaps this is just pointless hairsplitting …
Discussion: The Plank and Hullabaloo
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Reid readies for reelection
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
John McCain and the GOP: Trapped in the 1960s
Many Calif. homes still threatened
Arlen Parsa / The Daily Background:
Video- Romney "confuses" Obama with Osama
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
'DREAM Act' backers still dreaming
Susan Greene / Denver Post:
Tancredo's Web postings challenged
Discussion: The Palmetto Scoop
Washington Post:
Lott Waits for Clinton's Apology and Gets One
Discussion: Political Punch
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Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
Baghdad Sunni teacher shot dead
Discussion: NO QUARTER
New York Post:
Discussion: The Corner
John Distaso / New Hampshire Union Leader:
John DiStaso's Granite Status: Rudy just doesn't get it
Discussion: MSNBC and Boston Globe
Marcella Bombardieri / Boston Globe:
Obama luring ex-Bill Clinton aides
Discussion: NY Daily News and MSNBC
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
An Airstrike a Day Won't Keep Insurgents at Bay
The Atlantic Online:
Musn't say the V-word  —  I read this sort of thing and I just do a slow burn.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Minimum-Tax Fix May Cost Hedge Funds, Buyout Firms $48 Billion